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Forico RAPs with Tasmania’s first peoples

Tasmania’s largest plantation forest manager, Forico, has reaffirmed its commitment to fostering respect and transparent engagement with Tasmania’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities with the launch of its 2021-2022 Reconciliation Action Plan. Source: Timberbiz Develope
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Timber industry pushed to keep up with demand for construction timber

The Australian Forest Products Association wants the Federal Government to extend the HomeBuilder construction commencement timeframe to ease demand and allow time for stock to be produced and delivered. Source: Timberbiz AFPA CEO Ross Hampton has reassured builders and homeowners tha
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Flood damage to NSW state forests

State forests in the Coffs Coast region and the Mid-north coast State forests from the Taree to Macksville are now closed due to damage from flooding and safety risks. The only exemption is Sealy Lookout in Orara East State Forest. Source: Timberbiz These areas are to be avoided until
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FWCA says its a failure of Tas workplace bill and of WorkSafe

Forest & Wood Communities Australia is disappointed by the failure of a bill, which would have imposed tougher penalties on illegal workplace invasions, to get through the Tasmanian Legislative Council last week. The Workplaces (Protection from Protestors) Amendment Bill would hav
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KIPT loads pine bound for South Korea

The first barge load of 300 cubic metres of pine logs from the KIPT estate has been loaded aboard the Rocksea to be towed to Port Adelaide, where it will be containerised and shipped to a customer in South Korea. Source: Timberbiz KIPT Managing Director Keith Lamb acknowledged this wa
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Russia forges ahead with forest felling

In a dense forest northeast of Moscow, logging machines cut down rows of trees as Russia taps foreign demand for its wood as part of efforts to reduce its dependence on oil exports. Source: Associated Free Press Nowhere is this more evident than in Vologda, a region 500 kilometres (31
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Biden administration urged to action on skyrocketing lumber costs

The US National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) continues to aggressively to engage the Biden administration on lumber and to urge policymakers to take immediate action to address skyrocketing lumber prices and supply shortages that are harming home builders, home buyers, remodele
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Wood a natural filter to remove pathogens from water

MIT engineers have been investigating sapwood’s natural filtering ability, and have previously fabricated simple filters from peeled cross-sections of sapwood branches, demonstrating that the low-tech design effectively filters bacteria. Now, the same team has advanced the technology
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OFO launches photo comp for students

Inspired by International Day of Forests on March 21, OneFortyOne has launched a photo competition, asking local students to share what they love about the forest. Source: Timberbiz Harvesting & Roading Manager Ockert le Roux said the competition aims to encourage students to expl
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